ENVIRONMENTALISTS have been celebrating after Marshall’s Arm Local Nature Reserve in Hartford was awarded the coveted Green Flag for the fifth year running.
The award is given to sites that are judged to be welcoming, safe and well maintained with the strong involvement of the local community.
Marshall's Arm was Vale Royal's first local nature reserve and celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The site is full of wildlife activity with areas of woodland, meadow, wetland and open water. Jays, blackcaps and wrens can be seen and heard in the summer and you can often spot a kingfisher, swan or heron and up to ten varieties of dragonflies and damsel flies.
Stuart Poucher, chairman of Marshall’s Arm Local Management Group, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to receive our fifth green flag award in our tenth anniversary year.
“We’re hoping our success will attract more members to the management group.”
Anyone interested in joining the local group is asked to contact Martin Harrison, Countryside Ranger, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01606 867772.